UCLA Newsroom: the office of Media Relations & Public Outreach strategically manages content at www.newsroom.ucla.edu to promote UCLA. Regular items include research discoveries, student and faculty features, campus events and video reports. The site includes special video reports produced in the department’s broadcast studio, a searchable database of faculty experts utilized by journalists when seeking commentary. Many journalists subscribe to the site’s RSS feeds. Media Relations & Public Outreach also determines which news release to feature on the campus gateway, www.ucla.edu.
UCLA Newsroom supports the goals and strategies of University Communications with web stories, news releases and other content under the direction of the UCLA Newsroom director.
he Senior Web Editor-Writer will work closely with the director and other editors to write, produce, edit, fact-check and distribute content on almost any topic that could arise on a campus as large, varied and active as UCLA. He/She will be expected to originate ideas for coverage and see them through to publication, and to work closely with faculty, administrators and other staff in the writing and editing of stories and other content. The Senior Web Editor-Writer will participate in social media and campus meetings, as well as work with editors to discuss ideas. Copy editing, headlines, language choices, and other editing judgments will be cross-checked by another editor.
1. Applicant must have demonstrated ability in editing and writing for a wide range of publications. A minimum of eight years experience on the staff of a newspaper, magazine and/or similar environment is required.
2. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is preferred.
3. Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment that is subject to last-minute changes and manage multiple jobs simultaneously, all while working with fixed schedules and deadlines.
4. Interpersonal skills to interact effectively with coworkers, campus administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and other important constituencies for the University. Knowledge of the history, policies and practices of the University of California system and UCLA.
5. Ability to copy-edit and identify and correct inconsistencies and errors in printed material and to trim stories coherently and for impact.
6. Ability to discern inconsistencies and errors in written and posted material.
7. Demonstrated interviewing skills to gather information necessary for news and feature articles.
8. Organizational skills to coordinate and track all written, photo and video content, and to arrange material into cohesive format is preferred.
9. Knowledge of communications functions and personnel in University Communications and units across campus is preferred.
10. Knowledge of and comfort with Twitter and other social media.
Continued employment contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.